Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator and the New York Times bestselling author of 24 books, including The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Paterson Poetry Prize. Kwame writes for children of all ages, and some of his works include the picture books Animal Ark, Out of Wonder and Surf’s Up; and novels Solo, Booked and He Said, She Said. Kwame travels the world to plant seeds of literacy love in Singapore, Brazil, Italy, France and Shanghai with his writing and publishing program. He co-founded an international literacy program—the Literacy Empowerment Action Project—and regularly speaks at schools and conferences across the United States. The Kwame Alexander Papers, a collection of his writings, correspondence and other professional and personal documents is held in George Washington University’s Gelman Library.